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Dataquest, India: Cognizant’s Executive Director, says India is a Key Focus of Philanthropic Activities

“India has been a key focus of Cognizant’s philanthropic efforts,” says Ramkumar Ramamoorthy. “Through multiple platforms—Cognizant Foundation, the CSR arm of the company; Cognizant Outreach, the company’s employee-led volunteering program, and Cognizant Campus Connect, a program focused on bridging the industry-academia gap—Cognizant has transformed the lives of about eight million people in India.” Excerpts:

“Giving is an art perfected by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals who felt a moral responsibility to share their wealth to ease the pains rampant in society. But philanthropy works better when people and organizations come on the same page and contribute to the betterment of the society.

When it comes to philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), the real test is when the rubber meets the road. An organization needs to take the things at ground zero and ink a beneficiary plan that makes for a real sense of fulfilment. Let’s look at what some of the leading IT companies are doing in the CSR space.

Launched in 2005 as an independent corporate entity, Cognizant Foundation spearheads corporate social responsibility initiatives of Cognizant in India and has touched the lives of over three million people. The primary objective of the Foundation is to improve the lives and opportunities of economically and socially disadvantaged sections of society in India through programs centered around education, healthcare, and livelihood.”

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